Hopefully they have been skilled hands, but very often it's been " my uncle that loves to tinker " or "my neighbor can fix anything " hands.
It doesn't bother me too much on the common American 8 day clocks, but to see it in a 19th century highly crafted piece, it just breaks your heart.
Here's a beautiful repeater carriage clock that possibly a plumber tried to fix. Can you tell where ?
The picture below shows the new drop piece that had to be made and fit to the arm.